U.S. EPA Region 5 Environmental News Release
CONTACT: Jeff Kelley, (312) 353-1159

For Immediate Release No. 01-OPA144


CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2001) -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 today sent to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Attorney General a draft of its review of Ohio environmental programs. The draft report was prepared in response to a petition submitted on behalf of Ohio Citizen Action, the Ohio Sierra Club, the Ohio Environmental Council (subsequently replaced by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group) and Rivers Unlimited.

The report describes U.S. EPA's preliminary conclusions based on investigations which began in January 2000. Specifically, the report looks at the state's administration of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. The review also looks at Ohio's legal environmental enforcement offices and criminal enforcement program.

U.S. EPA has asked the state to review the draft document and provide comments within 30 days.

Public release of the draft report will take place Tuesday afternoon, September 4. After providing the public at least 30 days to review the report, the U.S. EPA will hold an availability session in Columbus, Ohio. That will be followed by a 30-day comment period, after which the report will be finalized. Details about the session will be forthcoming.

Attached is the letter that accompanied the draft report sent to Ohio.(PDF, 145K)

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